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India Needs to Invest More in Agriculture

India spends more on agriculture research than others in South Asia, but it still has a long way to go

Published: Nov 2, 2012 06:33:52 AM IST
Updated: Oct 30, 2012 04:39:20 PM IST

South Asia hosts almost half of the world’s poor and malnourished people. The World Bank says, by 2050, an additional 900 million people will be added to the existing 1.6 billion across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Producing enough food for all of them would require substantial investments in agricultural research. A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators points out that India’s performance is better than its neighbours. However, it has to bridge a huge gap before it can catch up with countries like China and Brazil.

India Needs to Invest More in Agriculture

(This story appears in the 09 November, 2012 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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    We are planning to start a Dairy Farm with cattle's and looking for start up funding and a best business partner. I am from Kodaikanal. We have sound knowledge in the milk products production. I am from South India - Kodaikanal hills. which is a best place to Dairy farming were we can get all the needed amenities very easily like labour, Water, Transport, Etc..... Dairy farming is a safe business for the following reasons: - It is eco-friendly and does not cause environmental pollution as compared to other industries. - Requirement of skilled labour is relatively less. - Dairy product market is active round the year. - There is no Tax for the dairy farming business in India. Thanks Mathan

    on Sep 13, 2014
  • Dr.A.k.kar

    Growth in Indian agriculture is almost stagnant. More investment in this sector is highly essential to give it a boost. DR.KAR http://compositefarming.com

    on Nov 6, 2012